Wow... I didn't realize it was THAT much lighter.
On the topic of aluminum... I have to believe that the engineers at Ibanez were smart enough to have tried that during the "years in the making" and "road testing" that Satch referrs to in this video
. Aluminum certainly would've been my first thought, and I'm NOT an engineer. Though probably lighter and cheaper, my guess is aluminum turned out to be sub-optimal for some reason.
The reason I'm so curious about these UL bars is because I want the bar to stay where I put it (near my playing hand)... without having to constantly change the bushings... or add nail polish... or do the Floyd-style arm mod.
Aluminum has a large majority of the properties of titanium at 1/10th the cost. The only reason to get titanium (in this context) is because its exotic, same as this carbon fiber trem bar. The main key difference between titanium and aluminum is that aluminum has much lower heat resistance for corrosion purposes, and some alloys exhibit corrosion over time, whereas titanium does not. Why they never made an aluminum bar, I'm not certain, as it would give the same effect as it would have given the same effect as this carbon fiber or titanium bar.
If your edge bar is flopping around its because the bushings are shot and need to be replaced...
Regular bar is 1.7oz, UL is .6, it's 1/3 the weight, much larger diameter, and has a very non slippery touch.
For those that compare 1.7 oz to .6 oz... thats roughly equivalent to 5
sheets of standard printing paper. Edit: my bad on the price, that merely furthers my point though. 90$ for 5 sheets of paper in weight, and s lightly different shape at the tip. I don't know about you, but my hands never "Slip off" the trem bar", nor does the original bar feel "heavy". Im sorry to point this out to you, as a seller, but its silly and you should know it. Its a gimmick, and should be focused on looks. I'm also POSITIVE joe and steve aren't "making a dime" doing promotional videos for this bar... *eye roll*
Another benefit is that the tremolo will be better balanced. The guitar is usually set up without the bar attached. Adding the weight of the arm will pull the tremolo in the direction it's pointing (which for many is not straight down).
yet again, we're tlaking about the weight of a couple sheets of paper. The tremolo is balanced with over a 100 pounds of force on either end, 1.1 ounces isn't going to change ANYTHING.